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Welcome to the Lakes Region Historical Society

 Lakes Regional Historical Society Museum Building Lakes Regional Historical Society Meeting House  Lakes Regional Historical Society Archive Center

817 Main St.
Antioch, Illinois

Hours: Sat 11AM - 3 PM
Other Times by Appointment

Meeting House
977 Main St.
Antioch, Illinois

1st Saturday of Month
11 AM - 3 PM

Other Times by Appointment

Archive Center
965 Main St.
Antioch, Illinois

1st Saturday of Month
11 AM - 3 PM

Mon - Wed by Appointment

Welcome to the Lakes Region Historical Society. 
Dedicated to preserving the rich history of the northern Lake County, Illinois region

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Antioch as seen from Antioch Train Depot
Looking West from Antioch's Depot - ca: 1910
Note Antioch United Methodist Church just right of center

Winter Schedule

All Historical Society buildings will be closed during January and February, but may be visited by advance appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 847.395.4912

Author David Lester to speak about
"History of Boating
on the
Fox Chain 'O Lakes"

David Lester grew up on Crystal Lake, just a few short miles from the Antioch area. He was an avid swimmer and self-proclaimed "water rat" who also enjoyed boating, water skiing and scuba diving. He later became a life guard.

On Thursday evening, October 23rd, at 6:30 PM, Mr Lester will bring that love of water and boating to life as he talks about his new book, "History of Boating on the Fox Chain of Lakes"

The History of  Boating on the Fox Chain 'O Lakes

Autographed copies of Mr Lester's book will be available to purchase at the event.

For more information please see his website at: http://www.foxchainboatinghistory.comg

Mark your ca lender for Thursday, October 23rd, 2014.

The History of Boating on the Fox Chain 'O Lakes

Lakes Region Historical Society
Meeting House
977 Main St
Antioch IL 60002

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Free Admission and Parking


Lakes Region Historical Society welcomes Holly Garvey as our official resident blogger!

Holly is a "self-proclaimed history nerd" with a degree in history from Northeastern Illinois University who will be digging through the archives to share the hidden treasures which have never before been seen.

For more information please see her new blog at: http://outofthearchiveslrhs.tumbler.comg

If you have something specific you would like to see Holly address in a future blog post, please "send her a fan mail" via the blog: http://outofthearchiveslrhs.tumbler.comg


ChicagoNetTech, the ISP who hosts Lakes Region Historical Society's website and e-mail is in the process of making some major updates to our website and services.

This project, which will take a couple of years to complete, will eventually make our entire collection available for viewing online. The first part of the project will include a fully searchable database of our collection of more than 150,000 post cards.

As part of that process, there will be some pretty substantial updates to our website as well. Those changes have already begun with the addition of a new Calendar. To see the new calendar page, just select the Calendar option on the menu above or click here.

The new Lakes Region Historical Calendar will allow us to provide more information about our events, keep the calendar more up-to-date, and provide driving directions to all of our events.

If you have an event you would like to have considered for the LRHS Calendar, please submit a request using our Online Contact Form

Lakes Region Historical Society
Now Accepts Credit Cards
for Memberships and Donations

You can also click on the logo below to purchase Lakes Region Historical Society Memberships and make donations.

Now Accepting Payment via Square Payment Systems

Now Accepting: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express

Lest We Forget

Are you familiar with our new "Lest We Forget" project? The Lest We Forget project will create an historical record of the names of Village of Antioch and Antioch Township area residents, past or present, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and were honorably discharged. Residents need not have lived here during the period of their service.

For more information on the Lest We Forget project, please see the October 2014 Lakes Region Historical Society newsletter.

Scouts Visit Museum

On September 16, 2014, the Lakes Region Historical Society hosted Round Lake Cub Scout Pack #175 with a  tour of the museum.

Cub Scout Pack #175 at Lakes Region Historical Society Museum

Approximately 20 Scouts, leaders and parents spent an hour touring the museum; learning about the prehistory and the history of Antioch and the Chain O' Lakes.  

Do YOU have a group that you would like to bring to the museum?  A Church group, Woman's Club, Scouts, home schooled students?  

All are welcome and arrangements can be made for an evening or weekend tour by calling 847-395-4912 and leaving a message.

There is no charge for after hours tours.

We are ALWAYS happy to teach our visitors about the wonderful and vast history of our beautiful area.

For more information, or to arrange a tour , please call 847.395.4912

1,200 Visit Ladies Attire of the Civil War

More than 1,200 attendees were able to visit the Ladies Attire of the Civil War exhibit this past summer, coming from as far away as North Carolina and Missouri.  They were able to see the wide variety of textiles and colors that were used during this time.

Not all was black and grey. Colors included lime green, hot pink and purple.  Over 30 gowns and accessories were on display, along with a vast assortment of bonnets, shoes and photographs.  

If you were unable to attend, you will have one more opportunity to see additional (with a different selection of) dresses, when the historical society hosts Ladies Attire of the Civil War Revisted II during summer of 2015.

Please check back for exact dates.

This will be the last display of Civil War women's clothing, and will be presented to commemorate the end of the Civil War and honor President Abraham Lincoln.  

Here are a few examples of what you missed.

2014 Civil War Dresses

Civil War Dresses 2014

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If your business is looking for reliable e-mail and webhosting services, consider ChicagoNetTech. ChicagoNetTech provides all e-mail and webhosting services for Lakes Region Historical Society at no cost.

Reasonable rates, old-fashioned, dependable service, and reasonable rates from ChicagoNetTech. Special discounts are available for not-for-profit organizations.

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For additional information, or to make reservations for events, please call 847-395-4912 or send an e-mail to:

Thank You for Your Support!



We're working diligently to cut costs and improve our services here at Lakes Region Historical Society and part of that includes some much needed sprucing up and painting.

Our newest project is the Meeting House, located at 977 Main Street in Antioch. The Meeting House desperately requires some elbow grease to remove the old paint and a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of the entire building. If you can help, please consider making a donation to offset the cost of paint and the other materials required to prepare for that job.

Remember, we can accept your donation via Square Payment Systems where we can now accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please follow-up any donation with a note so we know who you are and can send you a letter of thanks for your contribution.

We would also like to invite you, your family, and your friends, to visit the museum for a private tour in the near future.  Please call 847-395-4912 to schedule a tour.

Thank you in advance for any help that you may be able to give.  Please send any donation to: Lakes Region Historical Society, 965 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002

Please see the entire list Lakes Region Historical Society activities on our calendar page and then call 847-395-4912 if you have questions or to place your reservation when reservations are required.

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